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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Even Easier DIY Cake Stands


I have a growing obsession with cake stands.  There is something so classy about putting food and other things on a decorative plate that is elevated above the table.  It seems that I'm not the only one interested in cake stands lately and they are popping up in every style, size, and color at a lot of different stores.  One thing that all the stands seem to have in common is the price range; it's hard to find a regular size stand of good quality for less than $30.


Instead of buying cake stands, you can pretty easily make your own.  There are a number of tutorials out there with instructions for doing just that.  It basically boils down to finding a candle holder and plate you like, then gluing them together.  So easy.  If you find your pieces at a thrift store, you end up with a cheap and easy cake stand that can be customized to exactly your tastes.  The fun, inexpensive melamine plates you can find at Target and Crate and Barrel are perfect for this project.

There is only one problem I have with this and it's not a problem with the project itself, it's a problem with me.  I start thinking about which plate and which candle holder and my mind comes to a screeching halt at the crossroads of indecision.  I just can't commit to something that there is some small possibility I might not like two months down the road.  So I spent a fair amount of time trying to come up with a way to use any plate with any candle holder.  I toyed with magnets and craft glue, I thought about using suction cups and finally went with a very favorite product of mine: 3M Command adhesive.  I LOVE this stuff and it is the answer to my noncommittalness (yeah, I know that's not a word).

So whether you want to have infinite cake stand choices or want to be able to take your cake stand apart and store it easier or you don't want to wait for the glue to dry or you just can't decide (like me), this is what you need to do to make your very own DIY cake stand.

 
1.  Get the following: candle holder (the wider the base, the better), plate, and Command adhesive strips.

2.  Cut one adhesive strip into three or four narrower strips.

3.  Peel off one side of the paper backing and put the adhesive strips on the edge of the TOP of the candle holder.

4.  Remove the other side of the paper backing, center over the bottom of the plate and press down for thirty seconds.

5.  And there you go, totally adhered and strong enough to hold the weight of this glass candle holder.

6.  When you're done, just pull the strip by the end, slowly, and it will release.


If you have never used Command adhesive before, you're going to want to get some.  I use it to hang pretty much everything (including the shower caddy in my slick-glass-tiled shower, crazy, right?) and no, this post is in no way sponsored by 3M.  I just really like it.  So there it is, a really easy cake stand that you can put together at the last minute and change up anytime you like.

Do you have any extra easy DIY secrets?

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1 comment:

  1. Good call on the Command Strips! I am starting to use them more and more. LOVE how these look!

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